For the weight, these are extremely strong, stiff poles with a comfortable swing weight.

I fell in love with the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Running Poles primarily for their small-diameter foam grip handles. The larger grips on my old trekking poles gave me severe hand cramps along with cold hands (because I had to grip them so tightly) and the Distance Carbon Running Poles alleviated the problem right away. They may be the lightest swing-weight trekking poles on the market (89 grams per pole), which make it well worth giving up the collapsibility of my old trekking poles. – Stephanie Jordan